Hailing from the Midwest state of Indiana, author Robert Ferguson, the creator of the "Food Lover's Fat Loss System," performance nutritionist to career boxers such as Maureen Shea and Sergio Mora (The Contender), a motivational weight loss coach and speaker, discusses his passions in life, work, and family.
Robert, you are a weight loss coach and a motivational speaker. How did you get into this field?
I’m a former U.S. Marine. During my time in the military and afterward, I worked in the areas of rape and assault prevention. I facilitated seminars around the country to help diminish violence committed against women. At the time, I was a co-owner of a health club and had always been an athlete. A group of women who worked out there asked me to put on a weight loss seminar. Not knowing much about “dieting,” I phoned home to Mom, a lifetime dieter. She laughed and said despite what I knew about athletics and human performance, there was no way I could do it!
But I persisted and gave a Sesame Street type of seminar using simple techniques. I placed several plates on a table; I filled all but one with vibrant, delicious greens and vegetables. That one plate was different—it contained food void of colors. I then asked them to choose the unhealthy plate. Obviously, they all knew the correct answer.
Success! These female club members said it was the best weight loss seminar they had ever been to! Why? I focused more on the mental aspects of weight loss and how to bridge the gap between what they knew and what they did.
My goal in life is to become known as the Voice of Weight Loss through healthy living!
Your website, www.DietFreeLife.com is wonderful! Who inspired you to create it?
My mom is the spark behind all this. Somewhere along the line food became her number one enemy. I remember the good old days when we would all get together at the dinner table and eat home cooked meals. I want to help people learn how to prepare and enjoy healthy food that that everyone enjoys. Let’s get that family dinner time back. Family is important to me. My wife and I are expecting our first child, a baby girl, in September.